When a masonry blogger goes on vacation, she takes way too many photos of masonry during her travels. Needless to say, when I recently visited Bavaria (with a day trip to Salzburg, Austria), I photographed a lot of masonry buildings. To mix things up a bit here at the Masonry of Denver, I thought I’d share some of the more interesting masonry structures I saw on my travels. First up: The Masonry of Munich.
The last time I visited Bavaria was in 1999. At that time, I didn’t digest the fact that most masonry structures in southern Germany and northern Austria are clad with stucco. Stucco is not my favorite building material, but the stucco on German and Austrian buildings is often textured with sand or pebbles, or the stucco is pigmented. It’s more interesting than your average stucco, but it’s still stucco. Fortunately for us, everything in Munich isn’t covered in stucco. And better yet, several incredible buildings survived World War II.
Take this beautiful stone building, for example. It is on Thierschstraße in the Altstadt-Lehel neighborhood of Munich. According to a Google search, it was built in 1889 and was designed by architects Albin Lincke and Max Littmann. My German is non-existent, but it seems that these two gentlemen designed several prominent buildings in Munich in the late nineteenth century.
The beige sandstone used to clad this building is lovely, but the carvings are just wonderful. These strong men (and a cherub) frame the entrance and support the oriel window on the second floor.
The stone carving is even more intricate at the top of the building, where you can see an angel blowing into a metal trumpet, a cherub supporting a cartouche, ornate palm fronds and foliage, brackets with lions heads, and some of the most fanciful urns I’ve ever seen.